Last week I was invited to a gathering of accomplished healers living in community not too far from LA. You know how it is to want to check out a party, music, an art opening, a screening, a play, something — anything — interesting.
How do you know when it’s nourishment? Or when it’s a distraction from quiet time with yourself? There are endless invitations to go out and enjoy the richness of this effervescent urban environment — things to do, people to see, places to go and countless beings needing help. How do you decide?
One meditator said recently, “When I make time for myself to do formal mindfulness practice, sitting and walking meditation, the world is just better.” Everything looks ‘better’ to him – and I bet he’s ‘better’ for the world when he’s seeing other people and his whole life that way.
There are so many beautiful things the world ‘out there’ has to offer. We succumb to trying to do everything. Then it’s harder to hear the big invitation — to be where we are and deeply connect with ourselves. This is an inner invite, an Ivite!
Even if you can’t go on retreat or create quiet time at home, everyone can say “enough!” to the tsunami of email etc. Stand up, and go for a device-free walk. As wise Dr. Seuss tells us:
“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You’re on your own, and you’ll know what you know. And you are the one who’ll decide where to go.”
I didn’t go. I knew this time I needed to say ‘yes’ to the equally endless invitation to stay quiet, the Ivite calling us to “Go inside! Drop out of the busyness habit, turn on all your senses, and tune in to yourself.” Do it! You’ll feel more complete and grateful. And then you can go out and really touch a flower, a tree, another person’s life ‘better’ – more beautifully and fully.
When one of us tunes in, it helps us all –
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